Ray Archuleta, Gabe Brown, Alejandro Carrillo,
Shane New, Dr. Allen Williams

Soil Health Academy Presents
Adaptive Grazing in Challenging Environments
Cimarron, New Mexico
June 1-3, 2020

School Location:

CS Ranch

620 State Road 58

Cimarron, NM 87714

June 1-3, 2020

Tuition of $1,275 for all three days

Registration includes all classes, digital course materials, and lunch each day!

Full Time College Student will receive $200 discount
With a paid registration at $1275, one immediate family member will receive a $200 discount
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  • Ray Archuleta
    Ray Archuleta
  • Gabe Brown
    Gabe Brown
  • Alejandro Carrillo
    Alejandro Carrillo
  • Shane New
    Shane New
  • Dr. Allen Williams
    Dr. Allen Williams

Who Should Attend?

Any grazer who wants to take their grazing to the next level.  This course will examine beef, dairy, small ruminant, pastured pig, and pastured poultry grazing & foraging.  Woodland grazing/foraging will also be featured. Hands-on experience will be heavily emphasized. 

This is a power-packed three days that will change your perspective on what grazing should be and can be.  Taught by highly experienced and expert grazers. 

Participants will work in teams to solve real-world grazing problems and sharpen their skills.

What You Will Learn...

Principles of Soil Health & Adaptive Stewardship
Restoring Vibrant Ecosystems Through Adaptive Grazing
Making Grazing Highly Profitable & Desirable
Multi-species Grazing Strategies
Successful Marketing: Strategies for Enhanced Net Margins
Economics and Finances of Grazing: Using Decision Calculators Effectively
How To Lay Out Practical and Flexible Grazing Plans

Topics Addressed:

Planning for drought

Managing wet pastures (heavy precipitation)

When and how to begin grazing in the spring

Setting up the "grazing wedge" & developing a forage chain

Stockpiling forages

Determining paddock size

Plant Brix: How to Measure & How To Use

Grazing alternative forages - corn stalk residue, cover crops 

Using Financial decision calculators and developing cash flow projections

Water systems - wells, surface water, pipelines, pumps, etc.

Fence systems - permanent and portable/temporary.  How an energized fence 

works.Energized fence troubleshooting.

Hands-on fence construction.  Opportunity to try various portable energized fence materials.

Hands-on waterline repair exercise.

When do I graze a paddock?  How much rest? How does grass develop?

Paddock construction and layout

Minimum paddock number

“Before & After” grazing observation and evaluation.

Soil health evaluation - infiltration, earthworm counts, sniff test, soil aggregate observation, shovel test

Grazing riparian areas for ecological stability

Woodland Grazing/Silvopasture

Effectively and efficiently incorporate shade

What role do supplements/minerals play in a grazing program

Considerations for grass tetany, bloat, nitrates, poisonous plants

Should I soil test? What test(s) should I use?  Should I fertilize?
Should I plant perennial forages?  What should I plant? Can I afford to plant cropland to forages? Can I convert cropland to pasture?  

Managing Pastures after a long history of continuous overgrazing.

Economics of managed pastures vs. cropland or unmanaged pastures.

What are "weeds" and how do I manage them?

Leader/follower grazing

"Flerd" grazing (mixed species herds)

Techniques for increasing animal impact within a paddock.

Marketing & Sales Skills

Stacked Enterprises:  Planning, coordinating, implementing


Hotels in Cimarron:
St James Hotel
617 S Collison Ave.
Cimarron, NM 87714

Cimarron Inn
212 E 10th St
Cimarron, NM 87714

Blue Dragonfly Inn (Airbnb)
600 W. 18th St.
Cimarron, NM 87714

Casa Del Gavilan (Bed & Breakfast)
6 Miles South of Cimarron
Cimarron, NM 87714

Springer Hotels:
Broken Arrow Motel
811 Maxwell Ave. 
Springer, NM 87747

Kim's Oasis Motel
1001 Railroad Ave.
Springer, NM 87747

Numerous hotels in Raton, NM

40 miles from Cimarron.